After a relatively quiet start to the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, a burst of gun violence overnight left three dead and 27 people wounded in just eight hours, including a 7-year-old boy killed after returning from a celebration.
“It’s crazy,” said Vedia Hailey, the grandmother of the boy, Amari Brown. “Who would shoot a 7-year-old in the chest? Who would do that to a baby? When is it going to stop?”
From 9:20 p.m Saturday until 4:45 a.m. Sunday, 30 people were shot across Chicago, three of them fatally, including Amari.
The other victims included a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl shot shortly after midnight as they walked in Old Town, and a 19-year-old man shot around 10 p.m. Saturday as two groups fought near Navy Pier after the fireworks display.
Several of the shootings across the city involved multiple victims: Four people shot in one incident in Austin, three shot in Albany Park, and two victims in shootings in the West Chesterfield, Humboldt Park, Old Town and Fuller Park neighborhoods.
The worst burst of violence last Fourth of July in the city occurred during a 13-hour stretch from Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning: four dead and 26 wounded.
So far this holiday weekend in Chicago, seven people have been killed and 41 people wounded by gun violence. Last year, the toll was 82 people shot in 84 hours. Sixteen of them died.
Amari had been with his father in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side after spending the day at his grandmother’s house for a July Fourth celebration, Hailey said. Someone opened fire in the 1100 block of North Harding Street about 11:55 p.m. Saturday, hitting the 7-year-old boy in the right side of the chest and wounding a 26-year-old woman.
Hailey said she learned about the shooting when she got a phone call from her daughter — Amari’s mother — who had spoken to his father.
Police officers blocked off the intersection of Harding Avenue and Thomas Street with yellow and red tape. The crime scene extended a half-block on Harding north of Thomas. Several neighbors gathered at each side of the scene, watching police officers.
Hollie Williams, 38, walked up to the tape, wondering if a friend who lived on the block was the one who got shot. She said she was washing dishes in the kitchen when her 9-year-old son ran in, scared, saying he heard gunshots.
“I didn’t even hear anything with all the fireworks,” Williams said. “I was shocked he knew the difference between gunshots and fireworks.”
In other shootings overnight:
• A man was killed and two others were wounded about 2:45 a.m. Sunday in 400 block of North Kimball Avenue in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side. The three were sitting in a van when someone walked up and started shooting, police said. A 26-year-old man shot in the chest was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. A 26-year-old woman was shot in the finger, and a 17-year-old boy was shot in the right leg.
• Around 12:55 a.m. Sunday, a 26-year-old man was shot to death in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side, police said, citing preliminary information. The shooting happened on the 7700 block of South South Shore Drive. The man was taken to South Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. No additional information was available.
• A man walked into Mount Sinai Hospital about 4:45 a.m. Sunday with a gunshot wound to his back but wouldn’t tell police where the shooting occurred.
• About 4 a.m. Sunday, a man was shot in the 400 block of North Cicero Avenue in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. The 25-year-old was hit in the left leg and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition, police said.
• Two men on a South Side porch in the 5100 block of South Princeton Avenue in the Fuller Park neighborhood were shot about 3:55 a.m. Sunday, police said. Both men, 31, were taken to Stroger Hospital. One of them, apparently trying to get away, jumped off the bridge at 51st Street onto the Dan Ryan Expressway, where police found him lying on a median wall.
• Four men were shot after an argument about 3:20 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Leclaire Avenue in the Austin neighborhood. A 24-year-old was shot in the right leg. Three other men — 25, 29 and 31 — were taken to West Suburban Medical Center. The 25-year-old was in critical condition with a wound to his right leg. The 29-year-old was shot in the right shoulder and the 31-year-old in the left foot. They were on the sidewalk when someone shot them, police said.
• A 33-year-old woman was wounded about 2:45 a.m. Sunday in the 11100 block of South Parnell Avenue in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition with a head wound.
• A 22-year-old man was shot in the ankle about 2:25 a.m. Sunday in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition. Someone fired at him from a gangway, police said. The shooting happened in the 7000 block of South Artesian Avenue.
• Someone shot a 27-year-old man in the chest about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of East 71st Place in the South Shore neighborhood. The man was taken to a hospital with a chest wound. One person is in custody, and a weapon was recovered.
• A 24-year-old man was shot about 1:55 a.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of West Bloomingdale Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood on the West Side. He walked into West Suburban Medical Center with a groin wound and was transferred in critical condition to Loyola University Medical Center.
• A 32-year-old man was wounded in a shooting around 1 a.m. Sunday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The man was on a sidewalk in the 600 block of West 54th Street when a gunman walked up to him and fired shots, striking him in the chest and right leg, police said. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.
• A 25-year-old man was shot about 1 a.m. Sunday in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was shot in the 3200 block of West 38th Street and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.
• A 34-year-old man lighting fireworks was shot in the arm about 12:40 a.m. Sunday in the 4200 block of West 24th Street in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he’s expected to recover.
• Two teens were shot about 12:10 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of Hudson Avenue in the Old Town neighborhood on the Near North Side. A 16-year-old boy was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with a leg wound, and a 15-year-old girl was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital with wounds to both her legs. Both were stabilized. They were walking when someone shot them, police said.
• About 12:10 a.m. Sunday, a 24-year-old man was seriously hurt in a shooting in the River West neighborhood on the Near North Side, police said. The man was standing on a sidewalk near the intersection of Chicago and Milwaukee avenues when a gunman walked up and fired shots, police said. The man was hit in the chest and arm and was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, police said.
• About 10:50 p.m. Saturday, a 20-year-old man was shot in the 4800 block of South Kilbourn Avenue in the Archer Heights neighborhood. on the Southwest Side He walked into a nearby firehouse and was taken to MacNeal Hospital in stable condition, police said. He suffered a forearm wound.
• A 19-year-old man was shot in the Gold Coast neighborhood about 10 p.m. Saturday near where thousands of people had gathered to watch the fireworks from Navy Pier. The man, in his late teens, lay in a pool of blood outside a condominium building in the 200 block of East Ohio about 10 p.m., and a shell casing was found nearby. Police said the man was shot twice in the abdomen after two groups of people got into a fight on the sidewalk outside the building. The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in critical-to-serious condition, according to police and fire officials. A suspect was taken into custody, and a weapon was recovered at the scene, police said.
• Two people walked into Roseland Hospital with gunshot wounds about 9:20 p.m. Saturday, according to police. The two, 20 and 24, were shot in the 9200 block of South Forest Avenue in the West Chesterfield neighborhood on the South Side. Police parked in front of a brown home and stretched tape around a car parked in the driveway. Additional information wasn’t immediately available.